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Guyana and Haiti to hold talks on food safety and traceability
Published on February 22, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana has committed to collaborating with the government of Haiti in exploring the possibility of implementing an electronic food safety and food traceability system.

The Haitian government had submitted a project proposal to facilitate the electronic traceability system at the recently concluded meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government, held in Haiti on February 18 and 19.

In simple terms, food traceability refers to record-keeping systems that provide the ability to identify the path and the history of an animal, food product, or food ingredient through the food supply chain. Implementing such a system in the region would significantly improve the capacity of member states to cope with the challenges posed by the international export market, as well as the value chain.

The meeting welcomed the project submitted by Haiti to facilitate the electronic traceability system, and requested additional information on the project. Given the importance of the matter, the two countries undertook to have bi-lateral discussions.

Expert opinion is that establishing a food traceability system could improve consumers’ confidence and address certain other challenges under multinational and bilateral trade agreements. Food traceability systems are therefore, becoming critical for the food industry and the public sector, as well as for consumers.

In addition, traceability systems improve management on the supply side by increasing efficiency of process monitoring and assurance. Deficiencies in production, processing, storage or distribution stages can be readily identified and addressed through product tracing, resulting in cost saving and decreased product/economic loss.
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